- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Obama administration is on a path to have an increasing number of people dependent on the government for health care, welfare payments, unemployment compensation, food stamps, mortgage relief and on and on. Most Americans support the notion that there must be a safety net for the less fortunate among us to receive such payments based on need. This is where the president’s policies lack credibility — they have few restrictions and virtually no limitations or built-in checks on qualification for these benefits.

There are myriad examples that demonstrate the corruption resulting from programs that have good intentions but little substance in their execution. Obamacare is a prime example of the problems that ensue with poorly constructed legislation. We are witnessing an ongoing public debate of how we should fix bad law with a bandage here and a tweak there, like trying to mend a sinking ship in the middle of the ocean. At some point, the government runs out of solutions and taxpayer dollars to fix what has become a terminal illness.

There are other laws that suffer the same fatal disease and should be ended with the equivalent of a mercy killing or a removal of the diseased portion of the law to allow the healthy part to live. The welfare system falls into the category of a program that needs major surgery but not termination.

Our president appears to have good intentions, but his good intentions go awry with his shortsighted approach. If God can’t solve the problems of the needy, our government is certainly not going to accomplish such an undertaking. The best we can do as mere mortals is to create an environment where businesses flourish, the job market expands and everyone who contributes benefits.


ROB LEE WEINHOLD

Dale City, Va.